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The Atom Chip Corporation welcomes us to "the world of nanomicrons and beyond" with the promise of their notebook based on pure solid state optoelectronics.  Promising the AtomChip notebook in January 2006 at a price of $8,500 – $15,000 "depending on the completeness" the SG220-2 is […]

Atom_chipThe Atom Chip Corporation welcomes us to "the world of nanomicrons and beyond" with the promise of their notebook based on pure solid state optoelectronics.  Promising the AtomChip notebook in January 2006 at a price of $8,500 – $15,000 "depending on the completeness" the SG220-2 is a notebook computer with a video camera, 6 cell LiOn battery pack and a proprietary mother board, processor, coprocessor, RAM and storage.  The AtomChip’s main claim to fame is the 1 TB of non-volatile RAM (used as memory) and 2 TB of non-volatile RAM used for storage making a hard drive unnecessary according to the company.  It’s certainly an innovative notebook but we’ll have to see if it ever materializes.  Here are the full specs:

  • Processor: 6.8GHZ CPU (AtomChip® Quantum® II processor
  • Two Operating Systems with Voice Command (Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional and Linux®) / PROMT-Translator (8 languages)
  • Memory: 1TB Quantum-Optical non-volatile RAM (NvIOpSRAM-SODIMM 200-pin)
  • Storage: 2TB non-volatile Quantum RAM (NvIOpRAM-ATA IDE)
  • Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
  • LCD Display: 12.1” WXGA (1280 x 800, 16:10) TFT Glare Type LCD display with 1.3 Mega pixel CMOS camera
  • Video & Graphics: Two Integrated graphic controllers [Intel®855GME internal graphics, support Intel® DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology) and AtomChip® DVM (Dynamic Video Memory)]
  • Communication: 10/100 Base-T LAN on board, MDC Fax/Modem V.90/V.92 on Board, 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g WLAN, Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100/2200BG/2915ABG network connection, WiFi, Bluetoth, GPRS -with Bluetoth antena, CMOS camera with USB interface, Mega pixel resolution CMOS image
  • Pointing Device: Synaptics touchpad with 4 way scrolling button
  • Application Launch Key: E-mail, Internet, Capture, WLAN / LED Status Indicator: Power, Suspend/Resume, Battery Charging Status, Quantum Storage Access, Num Lock mode, Caps Lock mode, Scroll Lock mode, WLAN Lock mode
  • Keyboard: 3.0mm travel, inverted-T, 88keys with 2 windows key (Internet & Microsoft For Connectivity)
  • Interface Ports Front Side: One 4-in-1 card reader slot (support SDIO/SD/MS Pro/MS), Audio line out, Stereo Microphone-in
  • Interface Ports Left Side: LAN port, Modem port, SVGA–out port, One Type II PCMCIA slot (support CardBus), 1394A port (mini jack)
  • Interface Ports Right Side: USB 2.0 ports x 3
  • Interface Port Rear Side: DC-in, Kensington Lock
  • Audio: Built-in two stereo speakers and Built-in Microphone / AC Adapter (Input: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 1.5A. Output: 20V DC, 2.5A, 50W)
  • Battery: 6 cell Li-lon battery pack. Battery Charge: 3 hrs charge time to 100% capacity while system off and 4 hrs charge time while system on. Battery Life: Approximately 8 hours for AtomChip® Quantum® II processor and 3 hours for 4 x Intel® Pentium® M processors 1.7CHz / BIOS: AMI, Support PnP, password, Bootable from USB and DVD
  • Power Management: ACPI 2.0 compliance / Smart Battery System Support
  • Security: Kensington Lock / Size: 320.0(W) x 242.0(D) x 22.0(H)mm/28.0mm (front/back)
  • Weight: 1.9kg(when fully equipped with AtomChip® Quantum® II processor) and 2,20kg(when fully equipped with 4 x Intel® Pentium® M processors)
  • Packing Accessories: Quick Guide, Support CD (Driver, Utility, Manual), AC Adapter, Power Cord, Battery Pack, BOSE Headphone Music System with noise Cancelling.

It’s nice they include a Kensington security lock but given the price of this baby you’d better spring for the LoJack.

  1. Any company that uses a non-existing word like “nanomicrons” probably don’t have a real product on the way, given their inability to talk about basic units of length.

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  2. Any company that uses a non-existing word like “nanomicrons” probably doesn’t have a real product on the way, given their inability to talk about basic units of length.

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  3. Seems like a server in a laptop with all of that RAM. Plus it’s using XP 32-bit instead of an x64 operating system. Even with all of that RAM, XP 32-bit may not even see past 2.5 GB!

    Older Intel 855GME chipset? 4 Pentium Ms? 1.3 mega-pixel camera? HAAA HAA!

    If it isn’t a fraudulent company, it is surely a waste of $money$!

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  4. This definitely could be one of the “too good to be true” products but the site sure looks legitimate. Who knows, I just thought it worth posting because if it is true it’s one technological wonder.

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  5. Jeff Duntemann described this as a very good “tech hoax”: http://www.duntemann.com/september2005.htm#09-07-2005

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  6. Yes, he does. It’s definitely looking like this is a pretty good hoax to me. They sure put a lot of work into it, though.

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  7. Very bad tech tech Hoax. as all the above users pointed out,
    Intel chipset
    With a “quantum II” processor
    (in the same typeface as Quantum the drive maker)
    with dual “optical tranceivers”
    running 1TB when: 1. the mobile chipset in question can’t address above 2 GB and 2. XP can’t address above 4GB.
    Then, NanoMicro — is that 1*10^-9 times 1*10^-6? for a doozie 1*10^-15? dumb.
    Plus notice how the faster processor running at 6.8 GHZ takes less power to run than the Pentium M. Yeah.

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  8. How could this possibly be a hoax? They have the screenshots to prove it.

    “1. the mobile chipset in question can’t address above 2 GB”

    But there are FOUR processors. For all we know they are running in pairs for EMT64 capability.

    I am pre-ordering mine now. I only have to give them a $4,000 down payment (in cash) and I am guaranteed to get one.

    Thanks for pointing this out jk! I won’t regret it!

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  9. Would you like fries with that?

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